October 27, 2021

Today in Whostory: 5/10/2021

1964 – The Who play the Florida Rooms in Brighton

1966 – Pete presents Who manager Kit Lambert with a musical gift the day before Kit’s 31st birthday. It is a 10-minute piece called “Gratis Amatis” that Pete put together with his friend Ray Tolliday and which he jokingly refers to as an opera. It sparks Kit’s imagination. Why not a rock ‘n roll opera? Kit sends Pete off to try to devise a story and songs for a full-length work.

1969 – The Who play the second of three nights at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan

1980 – Billboard magazine features a full page ad for Pete Townshend’s “Empty Glass” album

1980 – Record Mirror carries a review of Phonogram Records “Rock Heavies” albums, including one featuring The Who.

1982 – The Westwood One syndicated radio network plays a series called Rock and Roll Never Forgets about Keith Moon. It will air thru out the U.S. during the 6-8 weeks

1990 – Roger is an attendee at the Cannes Film Festival promoting his film Buddy’s Song.

1997 – The Who play the Forest National in Brussels, Belgium

2000 – Pete opens an online auction to benefit Mozambique. The jewel of the auction is a 1957 Fender Stratocaster owned by Eric Clapton. Before the auction is over, the guitar is bought by Pete, Mick Jagger and David Bowie, who send it to Prime Minister Tony Blair as a gift. Blair returns it and the guitar returns to auction. Pete also auctions off his gold and silver album awards, autographed albums and posters, clothing, musical instruments and even bicycles

2004 – The Who Concert File is re-published in an updated (and tinier) edition in the U.K

2005 – Styx releases their album Big Bang Theory containing a cover of “I Can See For Miles”. You can listen to it on YouTube here

2006 – Roger joins Lulu and Robert Plant performing with the band RD Crusaders headed by Daily Express owner Richard Desmond at London’s Old Billingsgate Fish Market. Roger performs “My Generation” and “Shout”. Kevin Spacey and Mohamed Al Fayed are in the audience. £1.9 million is raised for The Evelina Children’s Hospital Appeal.

2009 – The Sultans of String release their CD Yalla Yalla! featuring a cover of “Pinball Wizard” with Arabic lyrics and in part performed on an oud. You can watch the Sultans of String perform “Pinball Wizard” live here

2012 – Chris Welch’s book Treasures of The Who is published in the U.K

2016 – The Who play the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada